About Us


THE STUDIO

 

Stèlà Tеxtіlе dеѕіgn ѕtudіо is a new and exciting studio that specializes in fashion print for women’s apparel located in the Greater Vancouver Area of British Columbia. Stèlà, (pronounced Stae-laar), is a Nigerian Pidgin English language variation of the name Stella, named after the mother of its principal designer and owner, Ify Ojo.
Whose passion is to bring a frеѕh and modern реrѕресtіvе tо African рrіnt dеѕіgnѕ.

 

WHO IS IFY OJO?

 

Hello! I'm Ify Ojo.
I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada where I worked in the web and graphic design industry for over 10 years.
A necessary re-location to British Columbia prompted me to abandon my search for a new job and embrace my passion for Textile Design after I read these words by Maya Mendoza.

 

"No amount of security is worth the suffering of a mediocre life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams."

Being an immigrant and a member of a minority group confers you with a certain amount of anonymity. Your reality is tainted by the perception that you belong to that group whose story is lumped into one collective whole.

I seek to break this mold with a firm devotion to the African traditional way of story telling and commemoration of milestone events with fabrics. By creating modern urban influenced designs that capture the vibes and expressions of a sparkling African life in contrast to the dreary and uninspiring stories often shown in the media. My fabric designs challenge you to look at the old with new eyes juxtaposing ancient symbols with modern day objects.

And more closely to my heart, I tell stories that are drawn from the shared experiences of women - stories that honor and celebrate women, especially women in the minority.

These stories are not only visual but are also written on the selvage of each fabric.

My designs are largely influenced by my expressive Nigerian culture and I have laid my heart and soul into each of these designs.

I hope what you see is beautiful.


Ify Ojo is also co-owner of Bibi Invitations, an African themed wedding stationery and invitation company.

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